Baby Cradle #1: First project

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Blog entry by Bob Giovannini posted 10-08-2009 04:07 AM 1765 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first project is a baby cradle. We are expecting our first in April, so should be plenty of time. Though who knew it took so long to get those edges square! I am taking an introductory wood working class, so thankfully each time I have no idea how to proceed, the instructor is there with some tips and guidance.

It started with a board…

It all started with a board

Squared (oof – who knew that would take so long!) Cut to length..Glued…Planed to proper depth.

glued up

Rockers cut with bandsaw and shaped with router… It only took me half way through to realize they had to be identical, to keep the baby from tipping over!

the rockers

Next step…. sanding rockers and then shaping the base.

-- -Bob, Portland, Maine

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#1 posted 10-08-2009 04:27 AM

Congratulation on your comming first baby, and wish everything would be fine.
Looks like a good start on this first project. Keep us update with the progress. Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-08-2009 04:29 AM

Thanks WoodWorm!

-- -Bob, Portland, Maine

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#3 posted 10-08-2009 04:38 AM

Your doing great in all respects!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 10-08-2009 05:09 AM

I built a baby cradle in 1974. It was more primitive than yours, built of fir, but it rocked, and it has survived. The baby it was built for was irritable, and we rocked it to sleep, lying in bed, with a foot slung over the side to rock the cradle. It went through one more child, and then became a doll cradle. The first child is now a mother of a 7 and 4 year old. The second girl is a general surgeon. The cradle served them well, and I am sure your cradle will serve your child well. Great gift for yourselves. Great gift for the child.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 10-08-2009 01:06 PM

This proves that rock is more than music. Congratulations on the forthcoming child and your first cradle. Looks like you are off to a good start on both. Don’t forget to post them when they are done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 10-08-2009 04:52 PM

A cradle is one of the best projects you can build. Generations can use it. Just can’t get any better than seeing a child in it. Grandchild, Great Grandchild. As a matter of fact I’m going to Ft. Benning, GA to bring my Grandaughter, Great grandson, and cradle home this weekend. Can’t wait!

-- You can't trust a dog to guard your food.

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#8 posted 10-08-2009 05:38 PM

@Jim – yeah I am pretty psyched about this project. It will be fun to pass down!
@Stefang – Thanks – I will definitely keep posting pics and the final project.
@Dano46 – that is awesome! Have a great trip!
@a1Jim -Thanks!

-- -Bob, Portland, Maine

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